WASHINGTON: US aviation regulators told airlines yesterday they should remove or inspect emergency locator beacons on Boeing 787s after a recent fire on one of the jetliners.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a new airworthiness directive, or AD, that stepped up its precautions over the beacons on the cutting-edge Boeing plane.
“This AD requires either removal or inspection of the Honeywell fixed emergency locator transmitter (ELT), and corrective action if necessary,” the FAA told airlines.
Sweden’s youngest MP quits parliament
STOCKHOLM: A 21-year-old Swedish lawmaker yesterday said he has decided to step down after just one term, disappointed by parliament’s inability to enact change.
Anton Abele became the Scandinavian country’s youngest member of parliament at 18 after running for office in 2010 for Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt’s conservative Moderate Party. Three years later, he said he was tired of politics, noting that 99.5 percent of around 3,000 motions submitted by lawmakers each year were rejected.
Prelate accuses cardinals of crimes
VATICAN CITY: A senior cleric arrested on suspicion of corruption wrote to the Pope yesterday to accuse cardinals of covering up irregular financial activities carried out by his superiors in the Vatican.
“The documents in my possession are proof of my honesty and my fight against the misdeeds of my lay superiors, covered up by certain cardinals,” Nunzio Scarano said. The prelate, who was arrested on June 28 on suspicion of having acted as an intermediary for suspect transactions at the Vatican bank — otherwise known as the Institute for Religious Works — proclaimed his innocence.